Motherhood

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Motherhood

Days Out + Travel

Days Out + Travel
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The Things That I Don't Want To Forget

Whenever I feel a little lost for content on my blog, youtube channel or social media platforms there's always one thing I do - I bring it back to why I first started. 

I started this blog for the memories. I started it to capture the moments I wanted to be able to bottle up and keep forever. I wanted to capture those ordinary everyday moments with my family that I knew would one day be the moments that I wanted to revisit most of all. 

Every parent can relate to the saying, "the days are long but the years are short". When you're raising little people day to day it can often feel like you've got forever with them, that you can't imagine a time when they won't be small and need you as much anymore.

How to Buy Trees Online

**This is a collaborative post
Gardens are wonderful places for children. They are somewhere for them to play and learn to appreciate nature. If you have enough space, planting a tree is a nice idea. Once it is mature you may be able to hang a swing from it or build a treehouse in it.

Reading Your Assumptions About Me

I've seen so many assumption videos doing the rounds on YouTube at the moment and I am absolutely loving them - they are a brilliant way to get to know more about the people you watch (and also to be really nosey too!) ;). 

Just before Christmas, I excitingly achieved my YouTube goal for the year and hit 10,000 subscribers on my channel and in just over three months I've gone up by another 4000 subscribers which I'm so proud of and thankful for. And to celebrate I thought I'd be brave and film the assumptions about me video too, to give my newer subscribers a chance to get to know me a bit more. 

Reading Your Assumptions About Me

Our Back Garden Makeover - Before & After

Last year was the year of renovating for us. We did so much to our home after years of saving. We not only added on a front two-storey side extension which doubled our smallest box room upstairs and made our kitchen/dining area bigger, we also added on a porch and changed the front door from the side to the front of our home, we also completely re-done our kitchen, we had our driveway re-done and we also had our back garden done too.

The whole thing was one of the most expensive things that we've ever done and it wasn't particularly easy to live through, especially so whilst having two young children. When I look back at pictures and videos that I took during the renovations I don't quite know how we didn't go grey! But then when I look back and compare the before to the after, it was all SO very worth it to make our house into a proper family home for us to live and grow in for the foreseeable future.

What didn't help, and you'll know this already if you followed our renovation journey is that we asked our builder who helped build our extension to do the garden. We trusted him a lot after seeing how hard he'd worked on the extension, so we had no reason to believe he'd end up taking quite a lot of money off of us and leaving us with a mud pit out the back that was too dangerous for our boys to even set foot in. He also failed to pay the sub-contractors he'd hired, despite us paying him and the whole thing became a big awful, horrible mess. One that we're still trying to forget and move on from. 

But in the end, we managed to find a really good builder in our neighbour across the road, who we paid to sort out the mess we'd been left in. He did a really fantastic job and we've been left so pleased with the outcome (despite how long it's taken us to get here). 

Modern back garden makeover, before and after garden makeover, composite decking, landscaped garden, modern gardens, artificial grass,

Wondering how to teach your kids about money? Read this first

**This is a collaborative post

As parents we take pleasure in teaching our kids many things. From their first steps to their first words, riding a bike and even about relationships. Our kids never stop learning and we never stop teaching. But have you ever thought about teaching your kids about money? 
Sure they’ll learn about coins and monetary values at school, but what about money in the real world? How to save, the best ways to spend your money, how to invest – check out this website for the latest information about investments – and how to have good spending habits.
Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, here you’ll find some super simple ways to teach your kids all about the value of money and hopefully, give them good habits for life. 

8 Tips For Travelling With Young Children

Taking your younger children away on holiday can for some parents, feel a little daunting, especially if your children are a bit like mine in that they don't particularly like the idea of being stuck on a plane in their seat for hours whilst you travel to your destination. But going away is something that we really enjoy as a family - the memories that we make during our family time on holiday are always priceless and I know when I'm old and the boys are all grown up with families of their own, that those memories are going to be some of the ones I cherish the most. 

Today I thought I would share some of the things that I've learnt that can help things go as smoothly as possible when it comes to travelling with young children, from the planning stage and the journey to the accommodation and the holiday itself. I hope if you've got any holidays/travelling booked yourself with your young family that you'll find these tips helpful. 

8 Tips For Travelling With Young Children

A Year On From The Worst Night Of My Life


I have mixed emotions about writing this post. It's quite a personal one and because of that, I'm not sure if people reading it will really quite understand. But today is exactly one year since something happened in my life that has stuck with me, that and that at the time totally terrified me.

It's a strange one to talk about I guess, because the reality is is that everything turned out to be okay in the end despite months and months of being stuck in limbo and despite how terrifying it all felt at the time and I guess it feels a bit silly to share it all knowing that other people have and will face far worse things in their lives. But then it also feels wrong to watch the day pass, knowing how much of an effect this day a year ago had on me as a person. And so I feel, that for me, I need to take this time to have a bit of a big brain dump about it all. 

It all started late in the evening a year ago today, I was just finishing up watching television upstairs in bed. The boys were asleep in their beds and Adam, my Husband was downstairs in the living room playing the PlayStation. As I went to switch off the TV, I suddenly felt this huge rush of heartburn, I hadn't been someone who suffered from heartburn but I recognised the feeling because I'd had it a little bit in my pregnancies with the boys. I remember thinking that it was a bit strange but I tried to think nothing more of it. 
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